Matrox said they would not be sending us a review unit on the same schedule as other sites and then revealed some interesting reasons. Matrox stated that due to the nature of our testing that they were not comfortable with sending us a Parhelia card. They seemed to think that we would be a bit too rough on the Parhelia and possibly show some issues that the enthusiast might identify as weaknesses. Logic would dictate that this of course means that Matrox thinks that the hardware review sites getting the first round of Parhelias would not expose those weaknesses. I had to take that as a compliment. Still, you might keep this in mind when you see the initial reviews hit and we will of course make sure you are aware of them as we always want to keep our readers up to date with current information. Interesting to see the 'other' sites that get the ca
Still, one part of ALi obviously thinks that there are some profits still to be made in the chipset area, and especially those supporting AMD processors. We guess that's because unlike Chipzilla, AMD does not want the sort of money for their chipset licences that still give headaches to VIA and Nvidia.
And we're told some motherboard manufacturers are considering using ALi chipset for their Hammer motherboards that should be introduced in upcoming months.
Gary Smerdon, vice president of marketing for Marvell’s communications business group, said the price cuts would add fuel to the Gigabit surge now that Intel’s Gigabit card prices have fallen below the US$69 for its 10/100 Mbps Ethernet cards. The downward price trend will extend into next year, with Gigabit card prices possibly dropping to US$20, he predicted. And it is from Intel no less (Intel makes the best network cards IMO).
However, Taiwanese TFT LCD producers are reluctant to openly lower prices for fear that doing so might affect their profit outlook and stock prices. In particular, they want to avoid anything that might negatively affect their second-half raising of funding for construction of fifth-generation (5G) production lines.
I have had these cards for a couple of weeks now and have played hell out of every game and demo that I could get my paws on. Now, the personal sacrifice and the suffering that I put myself through in doing all this gaming with these cards is something else. Can you imagine having to spend several days doing nothing but blowing things up and driving fast cars real fast on virtual racetracks and such? Hey wait a sec, that is exactly how I love to spend my days! The bottom line here is that I suffered nary a problem nor a single graphical glitch in all that game play testing. In a word… Fantastic. I do that anyway .
The upcoming product family, code-named Tiger, will include motherboards, chipsets, enclosures and a complete four-processor Itanium 2 server, according to a company representative. Intel will not sell these products to the general public, but to computer manufacturers, which will then re-brand them as their own or incorporate them into their own products. Of course Intel claims it be because of 'smooth acceptance'.
Europe's second-largest chipmaker said in a statement that the new company--StarCore, based in Austin, Texas, will design DSP (digital signal processor) cores, which are used by chip manufacturers as building blocks of larger chipsets.
A DSP is a specialized chip that performs high-speed mathematical computations for processing and converting voice, data and video signals. DSPs are used not only by communication gear makers in handsets and base stations, for example, but also in consumer goods such as DVDs.
Although the ASUS P4B533-E motherboard is rather pricey, near the $400-420 AUD or $200-220 USD mark, for the performance and endless list of features you're getting, it's actually excellent value all round. The P4B533-E compares closely with the PC800 based IWILL board, and outperforms the SOYO SiS645DX board that is even teamed with DDR333. If you're after a fully integrated performance P4 platform, without the price premium of an expensive i850E solution, then the i845E based ASUS P4B533-E is definitely worth considering. The onboard LAN and IEEE 1394 ports are actually optional extras, so cutting them out of the equation should save a few extra dollars as well. Special thanks go out to Cassa Australia who supplied the board for our testing, and also happen to be one of the major distributors for ASUS down under.
The new PCs start at $299 and include a preinstalled copy of LindowsOS, a version of the open-source operating system that sports a graphical user interface and the ability to run Windows applications, according to its manufacturer. but... Adding a 17-inch monitor, priced at $128, to the 1.3GHz Celeron SYSMAR703 desktop makes for a computer package that costs $527. To beat that price, one would have to purchase Emachines' entry-level T1140 desktop. It includes a 1.1GHz Celeron, 20GB hard drive, 17-inch monitor, CD-ROM and a copy of Windows XP for $519 after rebates.
What you would usually expect is that the GPU would send data into memory while running its calculations. The chip ordiniarily keeps some data in graphics memory, since the memory can remember and keep some interstates of calculations, before returning it to the GPU to get a final result.
But the result of the experiment was quite surprising; at least it surprised us a lot. Our investigator didnt get any data transfer from chip to memory and there where no interstates. The result came straight from the chip.
The only real downside is the price. It is quite an expensive package but you do get a lot for you money here, and buying everything separately would be more money than this whole bundle. I'd of liked to of seen some sort of demo disk, with a few demo's showing off the cards technology as there isn't any games that can really take full advantage of it as yet. The performance and technology begs to be shown off. Nvidia do have some really good looking demos on their website which are very impressive indeed, but not everyone has web access or high-speed internet as most of these demos are pretty big.
For anyone in the market for a solid P4 motherboard with RAID, they should certainly consider the BD7II-RAID, it was nice and stable, everything it sets out to do it does well, it has a reasonable layout, USB2, ATA133, the aforementioned onboard LAN and Audio work well and overall it's a nice little board.
The building blocks are used by numerous Intel customers, from tiny mom-and-pop shops to the largest computer makers, said Phil Brace, marketing director of Intel's Enterprise Platforms and Solutions Division. Often, those customers don't have their own engineering departments and are faced with a "do-it-yourself" scenario.
To cut it short, the IWILL P4R533-N is a very high-quality board with performance to match, but priced accordingly. At around $300-350 or $160-180 USD, the board isn't exactly on the cheap side considering there is no support for the latest technologies like ATA133, USB 2.0, RAID and IEEE1394. For the power user, these features aren't going to make much of a difference anyway, since they are usually combined with feature-rich DDR platforms that tend to sacrifice performance overall. RDRAM is still pricey around the $150-170 mark for a single 128MB stick of PC1066, which will more than likely be the deciding factor when it comes to choosing a board such as this, but if absolute performance is a must, then RDRAM has its advantages - as shown here today.
Blizzard announced that WarCraft 3 is now gold and will make the expected release date of July 3, 2002.[PAGEBREAK] Blizzard Entertainment®, a studio of the games division of Vivendi Universal Publishing, today announced that Warcraft® III: Reign of Chaos(TM), the eagerly awaited sequel to the company's #1-selling series of games, has gone gold.
Blizzard said: "We're very excited to announce that development of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos has been completed and that gamer and retail demand will make this the largest launch in gaming history," said Mike Morhaime, Blizzard Entertainment president and co-founder.
I happened to be perusing the M$ XP update site after installing SP1 and decided to try out the manual site since I hadn't noticed any driver update to a network card I had reinstalled and which had always gotten one from the site previously. Going through the driver and OS updates I happened to notice quite a few driver and a few more OS patches then I had previously seen before. Many are listed as being released or posted in the posted the past few days. Unfortunately many seem to be the same update and aren't labeled differently, but they are. Among the many updates I found were for USB2, HP printers(needed badly since HP doesn't seem to want to support thier products, just sell them), ATI and nVidia drivers, many of which are quite up to date drivers and even a new Athlon driver (5.1.2600.28) I am not positive on some of these drivers dates since many may have been in testing or put on the back burner since M$ has been concentrating on security patches, but it might be what you needed. M$ XP update site You'll need to go to the manual listings by way of the Windows Update Catalog in the left hand column.
The firm says that the problem happens when the unit is switched off for several hours, and while it may work fine after a reset or an adjustment to the backlight settings, the same glitch may occur again.
It is also evidence that Bluetooth is now on a collision course with rival short-range wireless technology 802.11, also called wireless LAN or Wi-Fi, which has taken a lead in the United States but which also has security disadvantages that make companies like Deutsche Bank look at alternatives such as Bluetooth.
Microsoft had attempted to squish Lindows because the word was too etymologically close to Windows but a judge ruled earlier this year that that was out of line, in a victory for common sense. Ohh by the way, Walmart is the biggest company in the world and the Walton's have more money than Gates.
I am having a hard time deciding what to say about this board. While the K7D Master is the best mainboard I have had the privilege of testing, it is also the most expensive. It is hard for me to recommend the K7D Master to average consumers because when it is all said and done, you will pay a minimum of $450.00 for the board and two compatible processors. I found SMP to be extremely beneficial in everything from loading applications and serving the web, as it reduced lag and made things seem to run a whole lot smoother.
The suggested price of USD$249 may sound pricey for a "low end" GeForce4 Ti card but with VisionTek opting for 128MB to "promote" anti-aliasing as a possibility at high resolutions (i.e. higher than 1024x768), the amount of memory has to be taken into consideration. This review suggests that this is not necessarily true all the time - it depends on the type of game and the anti-aliasing option implemented. 2xAA is barely an option in Jedi Knight2 - with Comanche4 and F1 2001, any kind of AA is not an option at this high a resolution. Yes, perhaps 128MB has an advantage over 64MB - it actually allows the ability to use even 4xAA in games because of the larger frame buffer. Actual performance is another matter.
Clarke elaborated by saying that Dell could enter the printer business in one of two ways--each destined to fail. If Dell were to manufacture the printers itself, it would struggle with the cost of acquiring intellectual property and buying components. Compaq Computer, newly acquired by HP, considered a run at printer manufacturing but gave up for that very reason, he said. Compaq decided in 1998 to let Lexmark do the work.
Thousands of IBM servers will be used to run Fujifilm's Frontier Digital Lab, photo centers built into stores where prints are made from film as well as from digital images stored on floppy disks, CDs or flash memory cards. Also at the centers, customers can save images to a disk or upload images to a Web site. The servers then can connect to the store's own computer systems for billing purposes.
IDC said unit sales will decline 14.5 percent from last year's second quarter, citing a slower-than-expected recovery in sales to large corporations. The server market declined almost 21 percent year over year in the first quarter. Servers are the powerful computers used to store files and conduct transactions on computer networks.
Bush also commented on the government's $53 billion technology spending budget--the largest such appropriation in history. "If you're a recipient, make sure the product actually works," he said, half-jokingly. Don't joke, because what's the point if they don't deliver a working product?
It was somewhat disappointing that none of the boards truly shined above and beyond the competition. There was much potential for a couple of these boards to do just that; a hybrid version of ABIT's AT7 could have pulled it off in a configuration similar to what we mention on that page in this roundup. The A7V333 and MSI boards both had a chance, too. We've taken the time to go through and make suggestions for what we would like to see in the future. The KT400 is the next VIA-AMD chipset we will see, and hopefully that batch of boards will be even more impressive with a few brighter stars. Uhh, without upping the FSB of the CPU, there won't be memory performance inprovements at all. The KT400 will be just the same as KT266a and the KT333.